Lifestyle Economics

Boris’ war on obesity is futile


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Attempts have been made to link the coronavirus to alcohol consumption and vaping – both of which have not been proven – but links to obesity seem to have found a sympathetic ear with the Prime Ministers, says Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs.

Writing for The Spectator Coffee House, Christopher notes “the government’s political motivation for finding a scapegoat for Britain’s relatively high Covid death rate” and that while you are “27 per cent more likely to die from Covid-19 if you have a body mass index (BMI) between 30 and 35. If you are over the age of 80, you are 1,200 per cent more likely to die from it (compared to people aged 50-60).”

Read the full piece here.


1 thought on “Boris’ war on obesity is futile”

  1. Posted 16/05/2020 at 10:09 | Permalink

    Anyone overweight who goes to a GP surgery should receive a free copy of Michael Mosley’s The FAST diet and be told come back when they have a lost a couple of stone. That is dealing with public and private health at the same time.

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